"In April 2013, a little-known academic group called the Association for Asian American Studies approved a resolution to boycott Israeli universities, on the grounds that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians placed the nation’s academics outside the bounds of decency. In so doing, the Association was striking a blow on behalf of the so-called BDS movement—the effort by activists to impose boycotts on Israeli goods, force divestments from Israeli companies, and impose sanctions on Israel internationally. The AAAS adopted its boycott after a “secret ballot vote” that included about 10 percent of the group’s 5,000 or so members.
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"In his bracing new book, Antisemitism and the American Far Left, Stephen H. Norwood argues that what the 19th-century German socialist August Bebel famously called anti-Semitism—“the socialism of the fools”—has in fact been kept alive by the successors of the socialist and Communist movements to which Bebel dedicated his life. Norwood, a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, defines the far left as composed of members of the American Communist Party, various Trotskyist sects, members of the 1960s Students for a Democratic Society and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party led by Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, the fellow-travelers of these various groups, and the readers of their publications.
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"As many were celebrating International Women’s Day, Richard Dawkins, not one to shy away from the limelight, decided to get onto Twitter and give us an insight into a range of tweets that resonated with him. However, some of the re-tweets and tweets from Dawkins are nothing less than shocking, especially when Dawkins re-tweets material from a sympathiser of an extreme anti-Islamic group whose founder overtly plays on racial identity politics. No doubt, given the opportunistic nature of the extreme anti-Islamic group whose sympathiser Dawkins re-tweeted, they will seek to position themselves as being the mainstream by associating themselves with Dawkins. We hope that Dawkins dissociates himself completely from the racial identity politics and the virulently extreme anti-Islamic nature of the group if they attempt to associate themselves with him and we have previously highlighted this group"
"By Edward Frenkel
March 2, 2014
Imagine you had to take an art class in which you were taught how to paint a fence or a wall, but you were never shown the paintings of the great masters, and you weren't even told that such paintings existed. Pretty soon you'd be asking, why study art?
That's absurd, of course, but it's surprisingly close to the way we teach children mathematics. In elementary and middle school and even into high school, we hide math's great masterpieces from students' view. The arithmetic, algebraic equations and geometric proofs we do teach are important, but they are to mathematics what whitewashing a fence is to Picasso — so reductive it's almost a lie.
Most of us never get to see the real mathematics because our current math curriculum is more than 1,000 years old. For example, the formula for solutions of quadratic equations was in al-Khwarizmi's book published in 830, and Euclid laid the foundations of Euclidean geometry around 300 BC. If the same time warp were true in physics or biology, we wouldn't know about the solar system, the atom and DNA. This creates an extraordinary educational gap for our kids, schools and society.
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If we are to give students the right tools to navigate an increasingly math-driven world, we must teach them early on that mathematics is not just about numbers and how to solve equations but about concepts and ideas.
It's about things like symmetry groups, which physicists have used to predict subatomic particles — from quarks to the Higgs boson — and describe their interactions. Or Riemannian geometry, which goes far beyond the familiar Euclidean geometry, and which enabled Einstein to realize that the space we inhabit is curved. Or clock arithmetic — in which adding four hours to 10 a.m. does not get you to 14 but to 2 p.m. — which forms the basis of modern cryptography, protects our privacy in the digital world and, as we've learned, can be easily abused by the powers that be.
We also need to convey to students that mathematical truths are objective, persistent and timeless. They are not subject to changing authority, fads or fashion. A mathematical statement is either true or false; it's something we all agree on. To paraphrase William Blake, mathematics "cleanses the doors of perception."
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What distinguishes us from cavemen is the level of abstraction we can reach. Abstraction enabled humans to move from barter to money, and from gold coins to plastic cards. These days, what's left of "money" is often just an account record we read on a computer screen, and soon it could just be a line of code in a bitcoin ledger.
Today, abstraction is all around us — and math is the language of abstraction. In the words of the great mathematician Henri Poincare, mathematics is valuable because "in binding together elements long-known but heretofore scattered and appearing unrelated to one another, it suddenly brings order where there reigned apparent chaos."
For the next generation to operate effectively, they must gain proficiency with abstraction, and that means mathematical knowledge plus conceptual thinking times logical reasoning — all things that a wider view of math would bring to the math classes at our schools."
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"The Sriracha shortage scare of 2013 turned out not to be the Srirachapocalypse that fans of the Huy Fong (a.k.a. “rooster”) chili sauce had feared. Despite the averted crisis, we decided to hedge our bets and sample a few other varieties of Asian hot sauces from stores in the Washington area, including Steven Kim’s KimKim sauce — which, let’s put it out there, is not pretending to be a Sriracha usurper.
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"ublication Date: May 1999 | ISBN-10: 965229215X | ISBN-13: 978-9652292155 | Edition: illustrated edition
In his new book, Peace: The Arabian Caricature, Arieh Stav examines the anti-Semitic caricatures and illustrations of the medieval Christian Church, the Nazis, and especially the modern Arab world's graphic anti-Jewish and anti-Israel depictions.
Stav explains that although "caricature as a graphical depiction... goes back to the dawn of drawing... anti-Semitic caricature is the only type that derives its contents from a unique and disturbing synthesis of theological, moral, racial, social and political negation. It is not directed at individuals, but rather at the entire Jewish people." Put bluntly, "anti-Semitic caricature, like the yellow-patch, is intended to attach the mark of Cain on the brow of the Jew."
Though the images in Stav's book do not tell the whole story, they do paint a grisly picture of Arab attitudes towards peace with Israel. What should the Israeli response be? The answer, like the outcome of the peace process, is unclear. Arieh Stav is the Director of the Ariel Center for Policy Research in Tel Aviv, a non-partisan organization devoted to inclusive research and discussion of political and strategic issues concerning Israel and the Jewish people. Stav is also the editor of Nativ, a bi-monthly periodical on politics and the arts.
Hardcover: 287 pages
Publisher: Gefen Books; illustrated edition edition (May 1999)
"Peter Doyle reveals fascinating details about the Great War in an extract from his book 'The First World War in 100 Objects'
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From the leather football that led the London Irish Rifles’ fearless charge over the top, to the chivalrous air ace who sought out his enemy's hand after shooting him from the sky, the Great War left us with a legion of extraordinary tales that still resonate a century on...
Pickelhaube, books, propaganda, tank helmet and mask, soccer ball from Loos, etc etc,
Do Palestinians Really Want a State of Their Own?
Not right now, they don't.
BY Oren Kessler
MARCH 6, 2014
The Palestinians have all the leverage, a former top State Department specialist on the Mideast peace process recently told me over red wine in Tel Aviv. "I'm not sure they'll ever sign on the dotted line." In that moment of candor -- lubricated no doubt by the Golan Heights cabernet -- the ex-bureaucrat admitted something U.S. President Barack Obama's administration would never concede publicly: The Palestinians are under little to no pressure to sign a final peace agreement with Israel. The consensus among right-thinking people, of course, is that self-determination is the incentive par excellence for Palestinian leaders to strike a deal. That was the view Obama articulated on Feb. 27, four days before he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he told journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that more than anything else, the Palestinians seek "the dignity of a state." Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the "dignity" talking point on March 3 at the pro-Israel policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
But if the Palestinians are desperately seeking a negotiated settlement that grants them a state of their own, they're certainly hiding it well. In July, Kerry announced an ill-advised nine-month deadline for delivering Middle East peace. That gestation period is nearly complete, but there doesn't seem to be a bun in Washington's oven. Undeterred, the administration is making a final push: Netanyahu visited the Oval Office on March 3, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set to follow on March 17. If, however, Kerry and Obama are to succeed where their predecessors have all failed, they will have to fundamentally reassess their policy toward the Palestinians.
It's actually the Israelis, not the Palestinians, who are under pressure from all corners to reach a peace deal. Obama often reminds the Israelis that time is working against them, as high Palestinian birthrates could mean that the land between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River will have an Arab majority before long. For his part, Kerry warns Israel that the threat of boycotts and delegitimization is growing. The European Union, meanwhile, has set new guidelines against its funds going to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and it is considering labeling goods that originate there. The United Nations has declared 2014 the "International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People."
The Palestinians, meanwhile, are watching from the sidelines with glee. As one Palestinian negotiator told an Israeli official during a spate of terrorist attacks a decade ago, "Victory for us is to see you suffer." Viewers of the Palestinian Authority's official television station are unceasingly reminded that the Arab-Israeli conflict is an existential, zero-sum dispute. The channel assures its audience that cities in Israel will ultimately return to Arab rule, that the murder of Israeli civilians is a heroic deed, and that Jews are "barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs" -- or in the words of putatively peace-minded Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub, "Satans" and "Zionist sons of bitches."
And that's not to speak of the fire-eyed theocrats of Hamas, who run the show in the Gaza Strip.
And that's not to speak of the fire-eyed theocrats of Hamas, who run the show in the Gaza Strip.
It's inconceivable that Palestinian leaders, watching Israel squirm under unprecedented international pressure, would allow the Jewish state to rehabilitate its image as peace-seeker. Instead, they recognize that after the peace talks' inevitable failure, the Jewish state will be faced with only bad options. If Israel maintains the status quo, international pressure upon it can only grow. If it unilaterally withdraws from all or part of the West Bank, it will almost certainly face the same rocket attacks that followed its last two withdrawals -- from Gaza in 2005 and from south Lebanon in 2000. This time, however, the rockets will be aimed at Tel Aviv and its international airport. The Palestinian Authority will then argue that it can't be blamed for the security breakdown, because it was not consulted in carrying out the withdrawal.
The Obama administration seems determined not to contemplate the idea that the Palestinians habitually choose Israeli occupation over independence. But we've seen this show before: In 2000, Israel offered to dismantle more than 60 settlements, withdraw from 92 percent of the West Bank and all of Gaza, share the prickliest areas of Jerusalem's Old City, and grant the Palestinians a capital in the city's eastern areas. Some 100,000 Palestinian refugees and their descendants would be allowed to move within Israel's borders. Yasser Arafat, then the Palestinians' leader, turned down the offer without making one of his own and then gave tacit or explicit sanction to the Second Intifada, an outburst of bombings and shootings that killed more than 1,000 Israelis over several years.
Between 2006 and 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Abbas 36 times, giving even more concessions -- offering some 95 percent of the West Bank, with swaps of land in Israel to bring the exchange to 100 percent, and a fund for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Abbas walked away. As Olmert lamented in 2013, "I am still waiting for a phone call."
Is Abbas as toxic as Arafat, the unreformed terrorist? No. Is he Palestine's version of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, ready to turn his sword into a ploughshare and lock hands on the White House lawn? Not a chance.
Abbas may have realized that Israel, to use Obama's words, "is not going anywhere." Sadly, he has obdurately refused to pass on the memo to his people -- in Arabic, he continues to feed them the fantasy of a wholesale "right of return" of millions of Arabs to Israel that no Israeli leader will ever allow. In 2012, he conceded to an Israeli journalist that he would return to his Galilee hometown of Safed only as a tourist -- but quickly walked back his comments after the resulting uproar. Having thus primed his people, Abbas predictably finds that there is virtually no Palestinian constituency for a realistic peace deal.
That's why Shlomo Avineri, an octogenarian Israeli peacenik and former director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, can write in the dovish daily Haaretz: "Don't expect Abbas to sign anything." That's why, this week, Abbas's underlings reacted to Netanyahu's AIPAC speech -- a veritable olive branch, by his standards -- with canned outrage. Netanyahu's demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, thundered Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath, is "totally rejected" and "contravene[s] all the rules of the peace negotiations."
None of this is to suggest that Israel is blameless. Israel could have avoided many, though not all, of its current predicaments by not having embarked on the West Bank settlement enterprise in the first place -- at least not in areas distant from Israel proper and heavily inhabited by Palestinians. The enterprise has been damaging to Israel because it obscures the fact that Palestinians still overwhelmingly reject the Jewish state to begin with and because it gives the Palestinians a plausible pretext for endlessly deferring difficult decisions. In other words, it gives them nearly limitless leverage.
So what is to be done? The good news is that the United States does have ways to influence the Palestinians to negotiate seriously -- if only it is willing to use them. Washington is the single biggest donor to the Palestinian Authority, and thus Congress could condition U.S. aid on stopping all that monkeys-and-devils incitement (two such initiatives are currently in the first stages of legislation). The United States could also offer significant aid boosts to the Palestinians if they make tangible steps toward peace, and threaten corresponding cutbacks if they fail to do so.
Such a policy will ultimately benefit the Palestinians more than anyone. Washington, as well as the world, does them no favors in forever excusing their failure to better their lot and in painting them as a people always acted upon but never acting. The Palestinian leadership currently has no incentive to make a deal -- but in the interest of peace, that can and must change.
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evsw 12 hours ago
This is a blatant Hasbara piece written under the intoxication of wine produced on stolen Syrian land. The conclusion that Palestinians don't want peace because the occupation works in their favour is utterly idiotic that it is not worthy of a lengthy Comment response.
Ibra 18 hours ago
The author of the article never supports, nor justifies, Israel's position. "None of this is to suggest that Israel is blameless. Israel could have avoided many, though not all, of its current predicaments by not having embarked on the West Bank settlement enterprise in the first place -- at least not in areas distant from Israel proper and heavily inhabited by Palestinians."
But it's funny how no one can never criticize the Palestinians.
Joesunshine 22 hours ago
Thank you Unholyland I can't put it better.
Unholyland 23 hours ago
Such a load of pro-israeli zionist garbage pretending to be informative. Crapity crap.
Professor Enki 1 day ago
If the PA as nation state fails to end hostilities against Israel what it commits now as "crimes" or "heroic acts towards liberation" become acts of war. War brings the full brunt of attack.
Complain all you want about the occupation of Ramallah, Crimea, Georgia, Tibet, Puerto Rico, Kashmir, or Arizona. In a war as a nation state the Palestinians in the West Bank would face total destruction.
The industry of hating Israel has to remain a cottage industry. As soon as it becomes state policy it faces real competition.
Gu Daqian 1 day ago
Hamfar 1 day ago
Such arrogance! Living under military occupation is hell for every nation except, according to Kessler's reasoning, for the Palestinian. Similar intellectual dishonesty as the unrepentant plantation owners, claiming that blacks preferred to remain slaves because "they did not trust their ability to live as free men". The philosophy of king Leopold of Belgium is well and alive.
Stel En 1 day ago
Arabs do two things well. Fight and breed. Just wait out for 20 years and they will be the majority of Israel.
Shingo 1 day ago
@Stel En <<Arabs do two things well. Fight and breed. >>
The Haredi do pretty well themselves.
Gu Daqian 1 day ago
@Stel En what do you do well, non-arab person? racist ranting?
insomniacattack 1 day ago
It's quite ironic that Kessler says of Obama that he does Palestinians a disservice by "painting them as a people always acted upon but never acting," for this is precisely what Kessler, and others of his ilk, do to Israel. Note that the only assignment of blame on the Israeli side is in their embarking on the settlement enterprise—or, rather, not the whole enterprise, just the ones that are very far from the Green line and/or in areas with high Palestinian populations (I'm guess here he means Hebron.)
But the plain fact of the matter is that the Israelis are not the victims here, not at all. The Zionist vision was to found a Jewish state on land that had a population that was majority non-Jewish. Early Zionists knew that this was a problem, knew that they couldn't make up the population difference via immigration, and so they knew what they must do: transfer a large portion of the non-Jewish population out of the land intended for a Jewish state. That's what happened in 1948. The events leading up to the so-called "War of Independence" is well documented but has been ignored by most Israelis and Americans until recently. Now, the truth—that Ben Gurion and pals planned the ethnic cleansing of the land granted to Israel—is becoming known to more people. Israeli historian Ilan Pappe's book "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" reviews this history. Ari Shavit's "My Promised Land" acknowledges this history and calls it regrettable but necessary for the founding of a Jewish state.
But the formal position of Israel is not just to deny this history but erase it. I have been to Palestine. I have seen the places where Palestinian villages used to stand. All along the highway from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem, there were Palestinian villages. Now there are forests there, planted by the Jewish National Fund to cover up Palestinian ties to the land. Some of the inhabitants of these villages were massacred, like at Deir Yassin. Others fled when they heard stories of massacres. Campaigns of terror were launched in the cities, like Haifa and Jaffa, to get the Palestinians to flee. For example, the Carmeli brigade shelled the port in Haifa where Palestinians had been told to congregate. Many trying to flee by sea died in the attempt. 800,000 Palestinians didn't leave their homes and, in doing so, risk their lives, because other Arabs told them to; they left because they were afraid, and never expected that they wouldn't be allowed to return.
But that it exactly what the Israeli's have done, because that was the plan all along. And the catastrophe continues to this day, with Israeli policies towards the Palestinians designed to drive them from their land. Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not allowed to build unless they obtain a permit from the Israeli authorities, but only a handful of these permits are granted each year. Thus, since they need to build in order to accommodate for growing population, they live under constant threat that their home will be demolished. And, because having your home demolished isn't bad enough, Israel sticks the homeowner with the demolition expense. This applied to schools as well, which the Israelis are not above demolishing. The same goes with Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civilian control and encompasses 60% of the land. Meanwhile, settlement building continues almost unabated in both the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where over 550,000 Israelis currently reside.
There are roads in the West Bank that are only for Israelis; Palestinian roads are often in valleys, unpaved and unsafe.
The law for Israelis is Israeli civil law; for Palestinians, military law.
Military orders can close an area down at the whim of the officer in charge.
The wall goes through Palestinian land far from the Green line, cutting off farmers from their crops, such as at Bil'in.
Israel controls the major aquifers in the West Bank and gives the Palestinians only one fourth the amount of water Israelis get. Settlers steal fresh water springs, such as at Nabi Saleh, and Palestinians who build rainwater collection systems will even find these demolished by Israeli authorities, such as at Tent of Nations in Bethlehem.
Must I go on?
There will be no just peace until the Israelis acknowledge their agency in this catastrophe—and Americans do so as well. It is because we refuse to do so that peace will not be realized. The so-called "olive branch" Netanyahu offers includes a demand for, get this, a continuation of the occupation! Israeli forces must be kept in the Jordan Valley for Israel's "security". And, of course, they'll need infrastructure. And remember, the major settlement blocks—including Ma'ale Adumin, which cuts off East Jerusalem from the Jordan Valley along Highway 1—are another demand of the Israelis. So the North-South axis of the West Bank is severed. If Netanyahu is demanding the Jordan Valley, he's probably also still demanding control of the air space over the West Bank. Is this sounding like a sovereign nation in the making to any of you? Well, Netanyahu is the one who coined the term "state-minus". (Oh, and, by the way: this is why all of the other "peace" proposals Kessler mentioned were also rejected by the Palestinians: they didn't include control over their own country. )
Kessler says the US is the biggest funder of the PA, but Israel receives far more aid from the US than the PA does, to the tune of $3.1 billion a year and rising. This doesn't include the other benefits of the US-Israel "special relationship", such as protection from international law, and economic cooperation. If the US wanted Israel to stop building settlements and get serious about peace, it could. But it does not. The US is enabling Israel's obstinance, not the other way around.
We, as Americans, could change that if only we acknowledge the truth. It's really not that complicated.
Arthur Balfour 1 day ago
I vote we annex the middle east again! Who cares what the Moslem thinks?
judith bell 1 day ago
JossefPerl and Professor Enki said it. The Palestinians know they cannot run an independent state. It would be a disaster.
Shingo 1 day ago
<<The Palestinians know they cannot run an independent state. >>
Not the state the Israelis have in mind. A true independent state with control of it's borders, they could certainly run.
evsw 12 hours ago
@judith bell Ahhh, the White Man Burden argument. What century do you operate in?
JossefPerl 2 days ago
This article states several reasons why the Palestinians want a "cause" and do not really want a state next to Israel; history has shown that people who really seek independence would make almost any compromise to gain that independence, yet the Palestinians in more than 65 years have compromised on almost nothing from their original 1948 demands and as this article states, they have rejected all the generous peace offers made to them. However, in my view this article fails to identify the main reason why the Palestinians will not sign any peace reasonable agreement - THEY DO NOT TRUST THEIR ABILITY TO RUN AN INDEPENDENT STATE!!! All the experiences of having an independent authority (PA) and a free Gaza, have shown the Palestinians they cannot govern themselves; the PA since Arafat time until today has been been mired with corruption and incompetence; it has not allowed for a second election that is overdue by 4 years, while in Gaza, there was a civil war immediately after Israel gave it to the Palestinians; all the attempts of reconciliation between the PA and Hamas have failed. Given all this, most Palestinians can only conclude that an independent Palestinian state will result in endless civil war, corruption and misery. The Palestinians have also developed a dependence on outside funds as welfare, which they do not want to give up and for that they need to continue the conflict.
Shingo 1 day ago
<<This article states several reasons why the Palestinians want a "cause" and do not really want a state next to Israe>>
Those reasons are of course, fictional and straw men. The whole article begins with a premise – that the Palestinians don’t really want a state – and never even attempts to provide evidence to back it up. The writer then goes on to build a case based entirely on this unproven assumption.
<<history has shown that people who really seek independence would make almost any compromise to gain that independence>>
Which goes to show that you have no knowledge of history. First of all, it’s false. Neither Kosovo or South Sudan were required to compromise. In fact, international law says nothing about requiring compromise.
Secondly, the Palestinians have made enormous concessions.
1.In 1993, the PLO gave up any claim to the territory between the 1948 borders and the armistice lines of 1949. That is 22% of Palestine or 50% of the territory allocated under UNGA181.
That is a massive concession. They were not obliged to.
2.The very fact that the Palestinians have agree to negotiate a settlement as opposed to taking their case to the UN and demanding Israel be forced to comply with UNSC242.
In addition to recognizing Israel as per the 1967 borders, the Palestinians have even agreed to land swaps, where Israel would get to keep areas of land where all the illegal settlements have been built in return for less land and on far less arable land.
3.The Palestinians have agreed to Israeli troops remaining for 3-5 years and the presence of UN peacekeepers.
4.The Palestinians have agreed to allow the settlements and settlers to remain so long as those settlers agree to apply for citizenship of the state of Palestine.
<<All the experiences of having an independent authority (PA) and a free Gaza, have shown the Palestinians they cannot govern themselves>>
Another false premise based on zero evidence.
1. Gaza has never been free. From the day it withdrew from Gaza, Israel has maintained absolute absolute control of air land and se access to Gaza.
2.The state of Israel is regarded as among the most corrupt in the West, so to accuse the PA of being mired with corruption and incompetence is pure hypocrisy.
3.The last time the Palestinian had an election, the wrong side won in Israel’s view. Not only was the result of the election ignored by Israel, but the Palestinians were punished for it with a blockade of Gaza.
Shingo 1 day ago
<<while in Gaza, there was a civil war immediately after Israel gave it to the Palestinians>>
Of course, the so called professor fails to mention the fact that the civil war was the result of an Israeli/Washington backed coup to overthrow Hamas.
<<all the attempts of reconciliation between the PA and Hamas have failed>>
More mind boggling hypocrisy not to mention a blatant lie.
1.The so called professor fails to mention the fact that in his speech before Congress, Netenyahu implored the PA to tear up the unity agreement between the PA and Hamas. IN other words, Israel’s government has refused to negotiate with the PA while they remain unified with Hamas.
2.Hamas and the PA have in fact signed a unity agreement.
3.The so called professor fails to mention the fact that Israel helped to mid wife Hamas as a means to dilute the influence of the PLO.
<< most Palestinians can only conclude that an independent Palestinian state will result in endless civil war, corruption and misery.>>
Correction. Given what Israel have in mind for a Palestinian state, the Palestinians can only conclude that such a state (which the Israelis themselves have admitted will be less than a state) will result in endless civil war, corruption and misery.
<< The Palestinians have also developed a dependence on outside funds as welfare>>
What do you expect given that Israel has destroyed the economy? Of course, this is more blatant hypocrisy given Israel’s reliance on the biggest welfare cheque in the world.
Svejk7 2 days ago
Most biased article I have seen on Foreign Policy. Balance, please?
Shingo 1 day ago
@Svejk7 FP has become another mother ship for necons and Israeli propagandists. Along with this pathetic excuse for an article, there is another written by former AIPAC bagman, STEVEN J. ROSEN, who was charged with stealing classified information for Israel.
It seems that these people are in a panic. AIPAC is in crisis. They suffered 3 losses with Congress - Hagel nomination, campaign to bomb Syria and Iran sanctions - and the recent AIPAC convention was a complete flop. Furthermore, Netenyahu and the Israeli leadership stand exposed obstructionists to peace, so they are trying desperately to shift the blame.
Clearly, it's failing miserably.
Abdulameer 2 days ago
How is it still possible to write an article about the conflict over Israel without mentioning the doctrines of Islam which motivate not only the "Palestinians" but also the entire rest of the Islamic world? Iran is Israel's deadliest enemy, and the Iranians are not "Palestinians"; they are not even Arabs. And, their country is not "Iran", but the Islamic Republic of Iran which says it all. The conflict is not a "Palestinian-Israeli" conflict, and therefore the solution does not depend on the "Palestinians". At its root, the conflict is an Islamic religious war on the Jews, no more and no less. The sacred Islamic doctrines found in the Quran and the Sunnah command Moslems to make war on the Jews and either to subjugate them or kill them. Here are just two of those sacred commands:
From the Koran:
– Fight against those to whom the Scriptures were given… until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. 9:29
The phrase "those to whom the Scriptures were given" refers to Jews and Christians.
From the Sunnah:
Allah's Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, '0 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.' ”
This one is part of the Hamas Charter.
Therefore, any Moslem, including the "Palestinians", who makes peace with Israel would be violating the sacred commands of his religion -- which would make him an apostate. It is not going to happen, and it makes no difference what Israel does.
Shingo 1 day ago
@Abdulameer <<How is it still possible to write an article about the conflict over Israel without mentioning the doctrines of Islam which motivate not only the "Palestinians" but also the entire rest of the Islamic world?>>
How is this any more relevant than the doctrines of Zionism, which was always about taking land from others and expelling them?
<< Iran is Israel's deadliest enemy, and the Iranians are not "Palestinians"; they are not even Arabs. And, their country is not "Iran", but the Islamic Republic of Iran which says it all.>>
Says what all? How is this any different from the claim the Israel is the Jewish state?
<<At its root, the conflict is an Islamic religious war on the Jews, no more and no less.>>
False. At its root, the conflict is an territorial dispute, no more and no less. As Ben Gurion himself once asked the question: "Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country."
It amazes me that Ben Gurion had no problem understanding the root of the conflict, while Israeli supporters have been trying to invent new ones.
This has nothing to do with the Koran or Islam. It’s a pitty that Zionists of today are not as honest as the founders fo Israel, like Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the founder of the Israeli political Right, who in 1926 explained that:
" ... the tragedy lies in the fact the there is a collision here between two truths .... but our justice is greater. The Arab is culturally backward, but his instinctive patriotism is just as pure and noble as our own; it cannot be bought, it can only be curbed ... force majeure."(Righteous Victims, p. 108)
Gu Daqian 1 day ago
@Abdulameer more crap.
joe5348 2 days ago
If it is Israel's fault, then could someone tell me precisely what the Palestinian proposal is?
Shingo 1 day ago
@joe5348 <<f it is Israel's fault, then could someone tell me precisely what the Palestinian proposal is?>>
KevinBarrett 2 days ago
The absolute minimum any sane Palestinian could accept is simple: Complete Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders, official Israeli acknowledgment of individual right of return (with gradual/negotiated implementation), and an equal protection clause in both Israel and Palestine. That won't happen, because Zionists are fanatically wedded to their insane vision of a Jewish-superiority, ethnically-cleansed state. That genocidal belief system must be "erased from the pages of time," as Khomeini (not Ahmadinejad) so eloquently put it.
joe5348 1 day ago
Let's see, no Jews allowed in a Palestinian state because of Israeli apartheid. The mind numbing irony of that view cannot possibly be lost on any reasonable person. As for allowing all DESCENDANTS of refugees into Israel, that is obviously never going to happen. Even Abbas says so http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/16/us-palestinians-israel-idUSBREA1F0OE20140216 Of course, Abbas says many things to many people, so nobody knows what his real position is. In any event, to make the right of return for people who were born in other countries a red line shows the real level of commitment to peace of the Palestinians.
Shingo 8 hours ago
<<Let's see, no Jews allowed in a Palestinian state because of Israeli apartheid.>>
Let's see, where did you read that false claim? Weekly Standard?
<<As for allowing all DESCENDANTS of refugees into Israel, that is obviously never going to happen. >>
Probably not, but it's not up to Israel.
EvilOverlord 2 days ago
" It's actually the Israelis, not the Palestinians, who are under pressure from all corners to reach a peace deal."
Maybe it's because, contrary to this article's implications, it's the Israelis, lately, that have been doing everything they can to avoid a deal? The author won't even agree that settlements were and are a bad idea - only the ones that are far from Israel and close to Palestinians.
Yes, the US has ways to influence the Palestinians. It has even more ways to influence Israel, if we ever have a government brave enough to use them.
SciencesPo 2 days ago
Not to mention that the Occupation is forbidden by international law. Without the US vetoeing that reminder at the UN Security Council, Israel would not have been able to build all those settlements, aka colonies, in the West Bank, and under Netanyahoo more and more colonies have been built, particularly when the peace process talks were to be started, again... Netanyahoo is not the only Israeli leader to have used that forbidden settlement policy to derail talks with the Palestinians. Sharon was particularly offensive on that matter, notwithstanding his crual role in allowing the Sabra and Shatila refugee killings... The end of his life might have been a destiny he deserved after all.
Shingo 2 days ago
<< In 2000, Israel offered to dismantle more than 60 settlements, withdraw from 92 percent of the West Bank and all of Gaza, share the prickliest areas of Jerusalem's Old City, and grant the Palestinians a capital in the city's eastern areas. >>
This is a blatant lie. The 92% that Kessler refers to does not include the areas already settled or the Jordan Valley. In short, it was primarily Barak who was responsible for the breakdown. He since has boasted–boasted, mind you–that “he didn’t give a thing” in the negotiations; if anything, he actually hardened the Israeli position on Jerusalem and any shared sovereignty over the Temple Mount/Haram.
<< Yasser Arafat, then the Palestinians' leader, turned down the offer without making one of his own>>
When Clinton blamed the end of the Camp David negotiations on Arafat, he was wrong about the facts, not to mention that he broke his promise to Arafat not to blame him if the talks broke down, a promise that was necessary to persuade Arafat to come to Camp David in the first place, since Arafat feared–correctly–that no agreement would be reached.
Needless to say, Kessler omits the fact that 4 times as many Palestinians were killed in the second intifada than Israelis. But who cares, Palestinian lives don't matter.
<< Between 2006 and 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Abbas 36 times, giving even more concessions -- offering some 95 percent of the West Bank, with swaps of land in Israel to bring the exchange to 100 percent, and a fund for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Abbas walked away. As Olmert lamented in 2013, "I am still waiting for a phone call.">>
1. Olmert himself later admitted Abbas did not walk away. In fact, Abbas said he hopes that Olmert’s proposal will form the foundation of peace talks with his successor……Meanwhile, Israeli opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated in a holiday interview with Israel National News that the nation does not have a viable Palestinian peace partner with whom to make a deal…
2. Olmert didn't give Abbas anything to sign. Then Olmert decided to launch a war against the population of Gaza instead. Maybe you were living in a cave, but President Abbas filed a criminal complaint with the ICC about that a few days afterward - and of course Israel has refused to even consider making this undocumented offer the basis of any further negotiations. It wasn't even a flash in the pan.
3. Only the hasbara fellowship thinks its worth mentioning these bogus offers from Olmert and Barak. They keep running off at the mouth about it being an offer of statehood, when it didn't even include assurances regarding the capital in East Jerusalem or guarantees that those Israel has exiled in Europe could return to the Palestinian controlled territory, much less the refugees.
<< Having thus primed his people, Abbas predictably finds that there is virtually no Palestinian constituency for a realistic peace deal.>>
What Kessler means is that there is no Palestinian constituency prepared to sign the absurd and pathetic deal they have been offered.
<< That's why, this week, Abbas's underlings reacted to Netanyahu's AIPAC speech -- a veritable olive branch, by his standards >>
The operative phrase being, "by his standards". Netanyahu's AIPAC speech opened with a brief bit about the “brutal” Syrian government, and segued into a condemnation of Iran. Then another, then another. Netanyahu’s speech was materially all about condemning the P5+1 talks with Iran, and demanding harsher terms on Iran, and threatening to attack Iran.
Palestine only came up way at the end, and even then was mostly an excuse for Netanyahu to portray the BDS movement as anti-Semitic.
You really have to wonder what the editors are FP are thinking when they let these right wing pro Israeli hacks the space to vent their spleen.
SciencesPo 2 days ago
Isn't FP first and foremost a tool for describing the US Foreign Policy only? If so, and I think it is, it's obvious that Israel won't be the target of FP. How can Israel be a US target when it collects an annual gift of 3 billon$$$ from the US, plus the supplying in US sophisticated armament, including the forbidden chemical ones (white phosphorus)...
Shingo 2 days ago
What a racist, lying and bigoted piece of propaganda and obfuscation. Kessler is nothing but a right wing hack.
<< It'sactually the Israelis, not the Palestinians, who are under pressure from all corners to reach a peace deal. >>
That's because they have nothing left to lose. Kerry's efforts to rekindle peace talks was to head off the Palestinians referring Israeli leaders to the ICC for crimes of apartheid. According to Kessler, that's not Israel's fault for their crimes against humanity.
<< The Palestinians, meanwhile, are watching from the sidelines with glee.>>
Yeah sure Oren. All that glee from watching their people being killed and their homes demolished. Of course, Kessler doesn't regard Palestinians as human.
<< As one Palestinian negotiator told an Israeli official during a spate of terrorist attacks a decade ago, "Victory for us is to see you suffer." >>
And Moshe Dayan once said:
"You Palestinians, as a nation, don't want us today, but we'll change your attitude by forcing our presence on you." You will "live like dogs, and whoever willleave, willleave," while we take what we want."
<< It's inconceivable that Palestinian leaders, watching Israel squirm under unprecedented international pressure, would allow the Jewish state to rehabilitate its image as peace-seeker. >>
So Kessler is telling us that the Palestinians are the ones in control, the ones who have Israel over a barrel and have control of their international reputation. If Israel finds itself unprecedented international pressure, it's because it is indeed unprecedented. Israel has never been held accountable for it;s crimes and violations of international law.
<<i f it unilaterally withdraws from all or part of the West Bank, it will almost certainly face the same rocket attacks that followed its last two withdrawals -- from Gaza in 2005 and from south Lebanon in 2000. >>
Kessler's trying the old trick of suggesting that there is no point abiding by international law because it will only lead to rockets. Kessler doesn't both to mention that the rocket attacks followed a bombardment fo 7,700 shells fired into Gaza after Israel withdrew over 10 months.
As for south Lebanon in 2000, Israel;s invasion of Lebanon had nothing to do with rocket attacks.
Zorro 2 days ago
The poor poor apartheid state that continues its ethnic cleansing of the west bank.
fahhattt 2 days ago
This article is basically saying, Israel is poor and innocent with their big guns and Palestine is evil and nobody wants it.
Time is running out with patience in the Middle East, the Palestinians are growing in population like never before, the security threat to Israel is ever increasing and so many other dangers. A palestinian state is paramount to keep all these problems in check and the Israeli zionists who want to take the land from the nile to the euphrates are putting barriers infront of any political settlement.
The other day, the PM said that he will go to AIPAC and the President linking the existance of the Palestine State with the Iranian issue. This is the stupidest tactic I have seen by the Israeli right because if the Palestinian state was made then Iran would not have any political justifications for its actions.
SciencesPo 2 days ago
Growing in population like never before... Surprising isn't it, taking into account how many children and women have been killed by Israeli soldiers, and even settlers. If for one day only Isrealis suffered the same treatment the Palestinians have been suffering since December 1948, the whole planet would hear of it, there would be a UN condemnation, all news media (written, televised, online) would describe the atrocity at length. Doesn't it say who controls, here, in the case of Palestine and the so-called everlasting Peace Talks Process?
opennewscast 2 days ago
I've posted this many times on FP, but Obama bit off way too much with his original universal MidEast peace initiative. He should instead have focused on getting Saudi Arabia to recognize the Jewish State, which was feasible in 2008, as far-fetched as it sounds.
Meanwhile, the Israel economy is thriving, and so is the West Bank economy, from what I've read. Even in Gaza, real estate prices are skyrocketing. So who needs a peace agreement?
EvilOverlord 2 days ago
@opennewscast Having actually lived in Palestine, I can tell you that the Palestinians want and need a peace agreement. Having talked with many Israelis, I'm not so sure about them.
SciencesPo 2 days ago
You read newscast that were not open. And if you talk about skyrocketting real estate prices, it's surely the settlers' ones, and definitely NOT the Palestinian ones, destroyed by Israeli superduper Caterpillar bulldozers, another company that should be BDSed!
Professor Enki 2 days ago
Oren leaves out the main reason Arab residents of the West Bank don't want a peace agreement to become a reality for a West Bank Palestinian State: their standard of living would drop as the West Bank becomes flooded with refugee descendants from Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria.
Millions of poor people would flood an arid land with no shelter, no jobs, no food, and no money. Dozens of ethnic, tribal, nationalist, and jihadist rivalries would turn the West Bank into violent chaos.
The temptation to kill Israeli residents and die a martyr in Jerusalem would bring in the Israeli army. And when the gunfire and air assault stops... the current Arab residents of the West Bank would see what little they have now... destroyed.
Squatters would occupy the rubble. No food. No water. No health care would come. The West Bank would look like Syria in rubble.
The PA doesn't want an independent state because refugee descendants would destroy it.
Shingo 1 day ago
@Professor Enki <<: their standard of living would drop as the West Bank becomes flooded with refugee descendants from Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria.>>
Their standard of living is as low as it can go, outside fo Ramallah, where the Palestinian ruling class are kept fat and happy as a reward for keeping the rest of the Palestinians in line. In fact, your claim that be easily refuted by the fact that poverty is worse in the West Bank than even Gaza.
<<And when the gunfire and air assault stops... the current Arab residents of the West Bank would see what little they have now... destroyed. >>
It is already destroyed.
<<Squatters would occupy the rubble. No food. No water. No health care would come>>
Oh the irony and projection!! There are already half a million Israeli squatters who have taken control of the water resources.
joe5348 12 hours ago
@Shingo @Professor Enki
"where the Palestinian ruling class are kept fat and happy as a reward for keeping the rest of the Palestinians in line"
Seriously? Who is rewarding them? Israel? Seriously? Is Israel also responsible for the steady stream of viciously anti-semitic rhetoric from the PA? And for the anti-semitic books and education in the West Bank? Seriously? And a serious question: Are the Jews entitled to a homeland? Anywhere? If not, why are the Palestinians?
Shingo 8 hours ago
@joe5348 @Shingo @Professor Enki
<<Seriously? Who is rewarding them? Israel? >>
Of course not. Israel never picks up the tab. Washington is.
<< Is Israel also responsible for the steady stream of viciously anti-semitic rhetoric from the PA?>>
What anti-semitic rhetoric from the PA? And yes, they are responsible for the viciously rascist and fascist rhetoric from their own ruling coalition.
<<And for the anti-semitic books and education in the West Bank? >.
You mean the ones that don't exist?
<<Are the Jews entitled to a homeland? Anywhere? >>
Sure, it's called Israel and the West Bank/Jordan Valley/East Jerusalem and Gaza is not it.
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The dark echoes of ethnic nationalism in Russia's lost empire.
BY Michael Moran
MARCH 6, 2014
At 4:45 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1939, a German warship opened fire on the city of Danzig, a Polish-administered enclave -- overwhelmingly populated by ethnic Germans -- that had been separated from Germany since World War I.
Throughout the previous decade, Adolf Hitler had intimidated neighboring states into relinquishing regions where German speakers made their homes: France in the Rhineland in 1936, the Anschluss absorption of Austria in 1938, followed by the most famous such capitulation, the Franco-British appeasement that forced Czechoslovakia to hand Germany the Sudetenland region -- again, largely populated by ethnic Germans.
But it was in Danzig where bullying failed and true violence began. Among the city's residents was Günter Grass, a German boy whose description of the opening salvos of World War II would later win him a Nobel Prize for his novel The Tin Drum.
It's so easily written: machine guns, twin turrets. Might it not have been a cloudburst, a hailstorm, the deployment of a late-summer thunderstorm like the one that accompanied my birth? I was too sleepy, such speculations were beyond me, and so, the sounds still fresh in my ear, like all sleepyheads I simply and aptly called a spade a spade: Now they are shooting!
In Crimea and in Donetsk, they are not yet shooting. But efforts to enforce the rights of ethnic groups across international borders often lead to war, especially when those groups are the remnants of a collapsed empire.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's stridently nationalistic president, should consider the parallels as he plots his next move. Putin talks a lot about precedent these days as he seeks to justify his infiltration of Russian special forces and intelligence agents to seize government centers in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
"I believe that only residents of a given country who have freedom of will and are in complete safety can and should determine their future," Putin said on Tuesday, March 4. "If this right was granted to the Albanians in Kosovo, if this was made possible in many different parts of the world, then nobody has ruled out the right of nations to self-determination."
No one, of course, is fooled by this. Indeed, when compared with the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo, the Russians today are playing the Serbian card. At issue in Kosovo, then an autonomous province of Serbia, was the protection of an ethnic Albanian majority from a larger power using violence. That is, a larger power using a "lost tribe" -- in that case, ethnic Serbs -- as an excuse to occupy and repress another ethnic group. And this is precisely what Russia has in mind in Ukraine.
If Putin wants to consider the potential consequences of his current actions, he should first remember his stint as a KGB agent -- in Dresden -- a city obliterated by firebombing at the end of a world war started in the name of reuniting the lost tribes of Germany.
Putin is no Hitler. This goes without saying, but must be said nonetheless.
Putin is no Hitler. This goes without saying, but must be said nonetheless. But Putin's own frequent evocations of Nazis and fascists in his descriptions of the Ukrainians who overthrew and impeached pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych has invited Hitler into the conversation."
bizarre rant attacking left politics and making racist comments about blacks, while praising Nazi soldiers as mostly good and decent
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"Judith Butler and Rashid Khalidi, both well-known academics and high-profile supporters of the BDS movement campaigning for “boycotts, divestment and sanctions” against Israel, have issued a statement that was originally circulated under the dramatic title “Support Freedom of Expression! Oppose Intimidation!” They claim that there are “accelerating efforts to curtail speech, to exercise censorship, and to carry out retaliatory action against individuals on the basis of their political views or associations, notably support for BDS.”
Since both Butler and Khalidi are prominent academics, they obviously have many opportunities to voice their views in prestigious venues and media outlets. However, both recently faced protests against scheduled appearances at Jewish institutions, and the events were eventually cancelled. Their call to “oppose intimidation” should therefore also be seen as part of the currently ongoing debate about the question if Jewish institutions should welcome speakers who advocate the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state, which is the openly acknowledged goal of BDS. As Omar Barghouti, who is widely regarded as the founder and most prominent leader of the BDS movement, declared already ten years ago: “Zionism is intent on killing itself. I, for one, support euthanasia.”
Before addressing the BDS vision of a world without Zionism in some more detail, it should be noted that BDS supporters themselves do not seem very open to giving a platform to their opponents. The most recent example is a secret anti-Israel conference at New York University (NYU) organized by Lisa Duggan, a signatory to Butler’s and Khalidi’s call for free speech."
"From Nyan cat to leaping feline fails the airborne moggie is quite rightly a harmless obsession for those who create internet memes.
Experts studying fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and siege warfare, however, appear to have uncovered a less innocent use for cats in flight.
Images from the manual, which was digitised by the University of Pennsylvania, appear to show jet packs strapped to the backs of cats and doves.
The German text accompanying the pictures helpfully advises military commanders to use them to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise."
The pictures showing cats and doves being propelled towards a castle by what appear to be jet-packs appear in a “Feuer Buech” manuscript that has now got experts puzzled.
The treatise in question was written by artillery master Franz Helm of Cologne, who was believed to have fought in several skirmishes against the Turks in south-central Europe at a time when gunpowder was changing warfare."
"He said the Zionist movement in Israel should be credited for its marketing skills, particularly the way it marketed both Palestine as a land without a people for a people without a land and also Israel as a European country. This helped “absolve them from what they did to the native population”.
Israel, he said, therefore appeared to be a democracy while actually being an “ethnic racist state”. Israel had succeeded in “marketing an oppressive reality as a democratic one”.
Israel had marketed Zionism, he said, to include such enlightenment concepts as liberalism, capitalism and social democracy. And Zionism was far more successful than other ideas because it was “born after the failures of Nazism and fascism”.
Such branding and marketing, according to Pappe, had been done via academia and fiction.
Israeli academics, he said, undertook a “willing role to commodify the Zionist project on the basis of so-called scientific research”. And books and films like EXODUS showed Zionist figures looking like “Aryan Israelis”, while the Palestinians looked “like either Osama Bin Laden or ET”.
But, Pappe said, at one stage certain Israelis had an “epiphany”. Using the same methodology of books, articles and films they challenged these “truisms of Zionism by re-examining the Zionist project from the beginning”.
They showed Israel was a “settler colonial society, an aggressive society and a discriminatory society”. However, they got “cold feet” when challenged and apologised before disappearing without trace, some being forced to leave Israel.
However, this same methodology has now been adopted by people outside Israel which, according to Pappe, worries Israel. Israel can “stifle criticism and crush those who don’t toe the line from within” but cannot do the same to those outside Israel.
In response to this, Pappe said, the Israeli elite has re-adopted the Zionist dogma in a “neo-Zionist” form, which is far harsher and less flexible than the original. Such “neo-Zionism” being symbolised by the likes of Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman.
Pappe said he was worried how Israel would react to a new, even non-violent, Palestinian Intifada as “the Israel of 2014 is worse than the Israel of 1987 and 2ooo. It is a more ruthless Israel”.
“Neo-Zionism”, Pappe explained, attempts to combine liberal and theocratic ideas of how to live as Jews in the twentieth century and is a “lethal combination if you are the enemy”. Pappe said this is “not easy to sell as a liberal democracy”.
“Israeli society is neo-Zionist. Most (Jewish Israelis) want an ethnic racist state. There are no liberal Zionists anymore,” he said. He cited Peter Beinart, J Street and Ari Shavit as the last possible bastions of liberal Zionism."
"It is only the Russian presence which is described as an “invasion” by the Western media, while the American one is hardly mentioned. ”We have a moral duty to stick our nose in your business in your backyard a world away from our homeland. It’s for your own good”, wrote an ironic American blogger.
Moscow woke up to trouble in Ukraine after its preoccupation, nay obsession, with the Winter Olympic games had somewhat abated, — when people began to say that “Putin won the games and lost the Ukraine”. Indeed, while Putin watched sports in Sochi, the Brown Revolution succeeded in Ukraine. A great European country the size of France, the biggest republic of the former USSR (save Russia), was taken over by a coalition of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists and (mainly Jewish) oligarchs. The legitimate president was forced to flee for his very life. Members of Parliament were manhandled, and in some cases their children were taken hostage to ensure their vote, as their houses were visited by gunmen. The putsch was completed. The West recognised the new government; Russia refused to recognise it, but continued to deal with it on a day -to-day basis. However the real story is now developing in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, a story of resistance to the pro-Western takeover."
"“Does anybody really care?” is the next line of the classic rock song by Chicago. I do. Maybe it is because I have a history degree in addition to being an editor. This means I am fated to have an obsession with details about writing and that I also get annoyed about inaccuracies in showing the passage of time.
Once a month my local newspaper—which will remain nameless because I don’t think this odd twisting of the order of events is their error exclusively—mentions the number of people seeking unemployment benefits and the new unemployment rate. This is how they phrased it in early March: “The February unemployment rate is expected to rise to 7.9 percent.” To my mind, it should read “is expected to have risen to 7.9 percent.” Sometimes rather than moving the present to the past, they go even farther and make the past into the future, saying things like, “The February unemployment rate will be higher than in January.” This February is in the past, so how can its unemployment rate be in the future? (To NPR’s credit, they used the past tense—“the rate did go down”—in the same context.)"